Published: Wednesday 04 July, 2018

WATCH Catriona Gray Reacts to a Transgender Woman Joining Miss Universe 2018

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray will be competing against Spain’s Angela Ponce in Miss Universe 2018. Ponce, a transgender woman, was recently crowned as Miss Universe Spain 2018.

Catriona Gray

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018. (Instagram)

In an interview posted online, Catriona said she has no problem competing against Ponce, or any other transgender woman for that matter. Miss Universe Organization opened the pageant to transgender contestants in 2012.

“Personally, I have no problem with it. But I do understand why there is quite an uproar amongst all the fans and different people looking at the issue. because it is a very young discussion about the LGBTQ and especially coming from a traditional in the arena of pageantry,” said Catriona Gray during the interview.

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“But you know I think it really depends, one on the Miss Universe Organization, if they allow it and that’s their prerogative; and the bansa, or the country itself. If that contestant can go through the casting process, become a candidate, and earn the right to represent her country, then why not? Who are we to say, ‘You know that’s wrong.’ I mean it’s the discretion talaga of the organization,” she added.

Angela Ponce

Angela Ponce, Miss Universe Spain 2018. (Twitter)

Angela Ponce is the first transgender woman to win a national beauty pageant, and the first to compete in a major international pageant. She joined Miss World Spain a few years ago but lost.